Intern at CA: Laura Pianin

Laura Pianin, CA Product Communications Intern

Every year, CA Technologies invites our intern class to seize the summer and make an impact on our business. We asked a few of this year’s interns to share their experiences and give insight to what it’s like to be an intern here at CA.

Meet Laura Pianin, Product Communications Intern in the Santa Clara office.

What attracted you to an internship at CA?

“I grew up surrounded by technology and in a family of engineers. My dad would bring home e-wasted parts and set up computers for my brother and I to use; we taught ourselves new programs, played games, and just explored. Growing up with engineers, it was always a “figure it out” type of culture in my house. If something broke, how do you fix it? If you don’t know how to do something, teach yourself. I think that type of learning instilled a general interest in exploring the technology industry as a whole and there really is no better place to do that than in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Technology runs though Laura’s veins. Being surrounded by a family of engineers growing up, and exposure to tech at an early age it’s no surprise that this summer wasn’t Laura’s first internship.

 “I was previously a communications intern at the Center for Women and Business at my college, Bentley University. We were a small team, but it allowed me to get to know my co-workers and develop good working relationships. Now, coming to CA, it was a big adjustment to work in a large global company. I’m thankful to have both perspectives as I figure out what working environment suits me best.”

CA Technologies has a vast portfolio ranging from mainframe to cloud and everything in between, and Laura was tasked with learning the CA product portfolio and then writing about it in a way that makes sense to all audiences.

What’s it like writing for a large tech company like CA?

“Writing about CA and the technology industry brings some unique challenges. I remember being completely overwhelmed by the shear depth and breadth of CA’s product portfolio and then realizing I have to take these complex products, themes, and ideas and tell effective stories. As someone who has always loved writing, I wanted to embrace this; I think part of the “magic” and one of the most satisfying aspects of writing and storytelling is conveying complicated ideas in accessible ways.”

Describe your day-to-day

“I usually get to the office early, right around 7:30. It’s kind of a calm before the storm feeling at that time, but I like the quiet and solitude especially when I’m working on a writing assignment. Because I work with both internal and external communications, I get varied items on my to do list. Some days I’m working on internal memos or blogs while on others I’m working on social media research or communications for upcoming events. Having a wide variety of tasks is something I value.

“Then it’s off to lunch with either my team or the other interns. We’ve had some fun intern ping pong matches and have explored the other floors together. It’s nice to connect with other people going through similar experiences and learning about all the projects we’re working on.”

“Usually, I’ll have a conference call to listen in on what the wider team is doing or have a weekly one on one with one of my managers to report back on some of my action items.”

An internship is the opportunity to act like a sponge, and absorb as much information as possible. At CA, we provide an environment that exposes our interns to as many different areas as possible, in hopes that they leave our offices at the end of summer loaded with new knowledge and with a sense of pride for the projects they worked on.

“Working in the product org, I get a good holistic perspective on lots of different areas of the company. I feel like I’ve been able to get to know CA at a much quicker pace because of this. It’s also rewarding to see a blog post or memo I worked on be published—it moved from my just cube to being accessible to thousands of people.”

What is the best part about your office?

“10th floor balcony. I hate being trapped inside all day, especially during the summer. I usually always take at least ten minutes in the afternoon to go outside and clear my head. Often, it’s where I do my best thinking if I’m having some writers block or stuck on a brainstorm.”

How would you describe your relationship with your manager?

“I get to work with two managers, one located in my local office and one in Denver, CO. Both are kind, receptive to questions, and provide helpful feedback. They let me work independently but are there if I need some guidance.”

What advice would you have for an Intern candidate coming to interview?

“Research and connect. Research CA, know the company’s mission and values, the industry it operates in, and catch up on the latest news about the company. Then, with that in mind, think about how your story, values, interests, experience, classes, projects, etc. connect to the company. This doesn’t mean don’t be yourself to try to fit perfectly into CA; in fact, one of the things that really drew me to CA was that they embrace uniqueness, so the interview is really an opportunity show who you are. Before I have an interview, I like to ask myself what do I want the interviewer to take away from our conversation, what are the key points I want to get across?”

Many people that are new to the tech industry do not know CA Technologies. What advice or comments would you have for them about choosing to intern for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc?

“Although big name brands and consumer electronics companies are much more visible in the press and well-known, working at a B2B technology company gives you an interesting experience and perspective. The products CA makes allows many of these companies to actually successfully develop solutions or run critical systems effectively.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, learn more and search our positions here.

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Intern At CA: Laura Haldane

One of CA’s interns, Laura Haldane, took the time to discuss her time at the company and her perceptions after having worked ‘behind the scenes’. A Business Management graduate at Oxford Brookes University, she wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of a software company of CA Technologies’ calibre. Laura’s internship lasts until the 24th of August 2018, upon which she shall return to university and hopes to go on to work in a multinational company in the technological industry.

What attracted you to an internship at CA this year?

Having studied Business Management at University for 2 years before taking on an internship, I knew I wanted to get experience working in a software/tech company. It became clear to me over the course of the two years that effectively every company needs to undergo a Digital Transformation in order to keep up to speed with demand online and on apps. CA helps customers manage their online portfolio and compete strategically in the marketplace. In addition, the office here at Ditton Park in Datchet is fantastic. There are gym facilities, outdoor basketball courts, which are great to use during lunch breaks or after work.

Tell us more about your role in the EMEA Communications?

My role has allowed me to gain hands on experience with our Create Tomorrow program, which is where our CSR efforts are focused in EMEA. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at local schools and speak on panels. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe and a highlight so far has been attending the European Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience with our PR Agencies in London, helping them write pitches for press and create social content calendars.

What is a typical day for you?

Wake up at 7am – make myself a cup of tea and read the news, check Instagram and Facebook…( I like a slow start to the day, I hate rushing around in the morning). Leave for work and drive to the office around 8:30am. I grab a coffee before getting to my desk and always check my email first thing. Depending on how busy I am, I will take a lunch break around 12 and play basketball/netball or take part in Yoga or Pilates. I leave work around 5:30pm and usually meet up with a few of the other interns for dinner or drinks.

Favourite part of the internship?

The opportunity to travel and work with a European team. My team have been extremely welcoming and collaborative, involving me in as much as they can. I have helped run Deploy Your Talents events in Germany and attended a Security Roundtable discussion in Brussels.  I also attended a Quarterly Communications Team meeting in Milan and received training in Crisis Communications Management.

Would an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B Technology Company as opposed to a better-known brand?

I’ve always enjoyed the reaction I get when I tell people I work at CA Technologies, especially when I tell people my age. 8 time out of 10, nobody has heard of CA as they are a B2B company, so I quite enjoy telling them who CA are and how our products are enabling companies to digitally transform. Despite being lesser-known, our products are actually used by some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Netflix, L’Oreal and BT.

Favourite aspect of the DNA mission?

COLLABORATIVE: I truly enjoy working as part of a team to make sure a task gets finished. My European team are great at giving me advice where needed and providing me with constructive feedback on work. They understand that in order for me to get the most out of my internship, they need to work closely with me on tasks that they feel I would be good at. It is hugely satisfying to work with a team that are passionate about what they do too.

Advice for a candidate coming for an interview at CA Technologies?

Come prepared and do your research. Having confidence is also key, but being able to show that you’ve done your ‘homework’ for the interview shows you plan ahead. In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about your hobbies and interests outside of work. Wellbeing and having a work/life balance is something that is encouraged by the Wellbeing at CA team and shows to the interviewer that you have passions and interests beyond the world of work.

CA is extremely happy to welcome Laura to its vast family and wishes her success for her career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship, learn more and search our open positions here, or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Laura Haldane – Communications Intern EMEA
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Intern At CA: Vasu Sharma

Through our Intern @ CA blog series, we cover the stories of such enthusiastic interns who have joined CA Technologies. Vasu Sharma is a final year student of The UPES College, Dehradun, who had interned with CA as a Cyber Security Developer.

How did you know about CA Technologies?

On asking Vasu about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “My answer to this question is a bit different from those of other interns. CA Technologies is a B2B company which creates products for large enterprises. I came to know about CA Technologies when it visited my college for the first time. And to be honest, once I heard the news of CA visiting my campus I did my research around the company and was very much overwhelmed by its products.

How was the Intern Program selection process?

Fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. For Vasu, the selection process was intensive but worth it.

“Getting an internship with a corporate that has such a great product base was quite surprising. I never thought of getting into a company this big as an intern, but thanks to CA’s business structure of having a separate business unit for Security, I got the opportunity I was looking for. I have done B-Tech with a specialization in Cyber Security and the company came to the campus for recruitment with a single vacancy in Cyber Security. Fortunately, I was selected for the role after 3 rounds of interviews. The first round was an aptitude assessment which was held on Cocubes, an online platform. This was followed by an online video interview which analyzed my technical knowledge of Java and the details of the projects I had done in the past. The final round was an online HR interview which focused on behavioral and situation-based questions. A week later I was offered an internship with CA technologies as a Developer in the Cyber Security business unit.

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?

Internships are there to provide an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges you’ll face in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry. This is exactly what CA provided Vasu with as well as such freedom within what he delivered.

He said, “I worked within the Security business unit and was assigned a server-side migration project. Apart from this main assignment, I worked with logarithms for some functionality engraving in existing products. I also took up a project that belonged to a completely different business unit and this was possible because CA gives you the freedom to select, work and learn about any project that interests you”.

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your Internship experience?

As part of the internship program, it’s crucial interns feel supported through their time at CA. Vasu was no different and spoke positively of the great support he received from his mentor Venky Venkata Swamy Karukuri.

“On the first day of my internship I was introduced to an architect (basically a product designer) named Venky and I feel fortunate to have worked under him. He assigned me to challenging projects and despite his busy schedule, he would arrange for weekly meetings to ensure that I was on the right track. He would guide me around various aspects of technology and life, clearing all my doubts regarding my project and the industry. He introduced me to several experienced colleagues who were a great source of learning for me. The experience of being an intern at CA was unlike any other.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?

The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, employees require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“To be honest, the best thing about the company is the collaborative nature of its employees who make time to respond to queries despite being busy. There is a strong team spirit among the members of staff and a zeal to excel as a team rather than an individual.” says Vasu.

How was the success of your Internship rewarded?

A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. But being appreciated and rewarded makes the success even sweeter. On being asked about the appreciations and rewards he received during his internship, Vasu replied, “I did receive appreciation for the three projects I worked on”. But being offered a permanent role at CA was the biggest reward for him.

“To be honest, getting a pre-placement offer from a product-based company is the best feeling in the entire world for a B-Tech graduate. I was thrilled the moment I received a call from the company saying that I’d been offered PPO. I was overjoyed by the news and I didn’t think twice before agreeing to take the offer.”

What do you like most about the ITC?

Vasu was extremely complimentary of the India Technology Center in Hyderabad and the facilities available. We asked Vasu as to what were the main things about the ITC that made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response was, “CA has a great campus with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The workstations are spacious and comfortable and the refreshment station on each floor is loaded all the time. The cafeteria too gives a variety of food options”.

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an Internship?

On being asked as to what he would advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “CA is a B2B company and hence many may not be aware of the brand, but CA has a presence in every sector from banking to e-commerce and other applications. As CA is a product-based company I would recommend aspirants to know about algorithms and data structures from a technical point of view. Also, in terms of why CA is an employer of choice, CA employees enjoy a great work life balance and flexibility at work.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Vasu to its vast family and wishes him all the success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Intern At CA: Udatta Bhattacharya

Roy T. Bennett, self-help writer and author of the famous ‘The Light in the Heart’ was quoted, “Dreams don’t work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.”

This stands very true for one of CA’s interns, Udatta Bhattacharya. A final year student of The UPES, Dehradun, Udatta always dreamt of working for a company that was a leader in the mainframe development industry and his dream materialized when he got the opportunity to work for CA India.

How did you know about CA Technologies?
On asking him about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “I heard about CA for the first time during the first year at UPES from my Mainframe faculty, when I was intrigued about the Mainframe industry and the companies involved in it. CA caught my attention since it stood out among others when it came to Mainframe based product development. All along, I was determined to pursue Mainframe technologies and got an internship in IBM. During that internship, CA again came up as the major developer of most of the non-indigenous products at IBM. The name CA was held in high regards when Mainframe-based tools were discussed.”

How was the intern program selection process?
But, fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. Udatta says it was quiet challenging to get through the internship selection process of CA.“The process involved one round of aptitude and technical screenings, one round of technical interview and one round of managerial interview. This process resulted in my selection at CA as an intern in the mainframe business unit. The process was challenging. It made me think, push boundaries, and above all, it tested my mainframe knowledge and skills, which was a unique experience for me since I never had such an experience in other selection processes. It was in this process where my knowledge in my own specialization was evaluated.”

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?
Internships are meant to be an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry and this is exactly what CA provided Udatta with.

He says, “The role assigned to me during my internship was that of a learner basically. There was a lot on my plate to learn, grasp and be familiarized with. I got introduced to a couple of programming languages namely Assembler and Metal C which are the two major languages used to build and develop the tools. After having a basic idea of the languages, I was assigned 3 projects to have a hands-on with certain DB2 tools such as RC/Merger, RC/Query, and RC/Extract.”

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your internship experience?
The right learning requires a direction, which only a mentor can provide and every employee at CA is a unique source of information and knowledge. Udatta too was mentored by one of the best at CA and he feels extremely lucky to be a part of such a supportive and helpful team. This is what Udatta had to say about his mentoring experience:

“I was mentored by Lokesh Patel, who is a member of my team i.e. DB2 Rangers. He guided me through the entire process of building DB2 tools, especially the languages used. He helped me set up my development environment along with Sridhar Pratik in the same team. He also guided me whenever I got stuck or had difficulty understanding something. Overall, he introduced me to my work and in a way, helped me kickstart my professional life. Since I wasn’t familiar with these languages before joining CA, I needed some help, reference and guidance from people using the languages, and was fortunate enough to have a mentor who is an absolute expert in the field. I got a bit of both appreciation and encouragement from the Product Owner Srinivas Adupa, who’d set milestones for me to reach and guided me through to those. My work wasn’t perfect, hence he pointed out my flaws and let me improve upon them.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?
Learning is just not limited to skills at CA. The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, people require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“The thing I liked the most about the company is the work culture. It is apparent from the satisfaction and enthusiasm the people have working around me. I became familiarized with the Scaled Agile Framework and was made a part of a team and as a result, as well as shared a strong professional bond with all its members. This provided a huge motivation to work collaboratively and never feel isolated from the entire process. They’ve guided me through all my difficulties, and the best part, made me feel comfortable working with them as soon as I joined the team.” says Udatta.

How was the success of your internship rewarded?
A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. Post two months of persistent efforts and endeavor, Udatta finally was rewarded for his hard work with an offer to become a permanent and integral part of CA Technologies.

“I received a Letter of Intent for a permanent job at CA after two months of my internship, which was of course based on my performance at the company during my internship. I felt that this was the biggest appreciation or reward of what I had contributed so far and adding to that, the result of all my preparations during the college days to get this dream job. Initially, I had a bit of self-doubt about my performance as an intern as to whether I’d be able to live up to what was expected of me. Rather, the job offer came as a satisfactory answer to all such questions.”

What do you like most about the ITC?
People are frequently asked whether they like what they do and generally, the answer is a halfhearted yes. A knowledgeable person once said the best way to gauge this is to notice if you wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work. If yes, you and your company are set for success. CA takes pride in being that company. We asked Udatta as to what made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response to this was “The best part about my office is the fact that it has every facility that you look for in a workplace. It has a perfect balance of everything required. Honestly, during these first few days, I tended to spend more hours at work and didn’t really feel like leaving the campus. The building has a positive vibe of welcoming you to spend a good portion of your day and be productive to the best of your abilities. To back that up, there are the facilities. Up until now, I’ve been regularly visiting the gym and the cafeteria. At times my team goes for a cricket match in the field and I enjoy a game of table tennis with my colleagues occasionally. These really contribute a major part to my physical and mental health.”

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an internship?
Udatta has truly set an example for other students who aspire to work at CA as interns and employees. He is the first student from his college to have received an opportunity to work for CA technologies and post his experience at CA, more and more students from his college aspire to follow the path taken by him.

On being asked as to what would he advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “My only message to the aspirants would be to always stay positive because good companies like CA Technologies do exist. CA Technologies, unlike many other companies, values your specialized skills and provides the chance to build your careers upon them. I chose mainframe and CA gave me the perfect platform to kickstart my career on a high note. Further, I’d advise them not to take their specializations for granted or lose hope in it. Because in CA, these specialized skills are valued to a great extent and these may lead to you ending up with your dream job.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Udatta to its vast family and wishes him success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our open positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Five important things you need to know for your last semester of college

During your final months in class you’re focused on finishing strong academically, but if a post-college career is something you’re after come summertime, then putting in the work during your last semester can really make the difference in having a job lined up, or spending months searching for one while the job market becomes saturated with fresh graduates. The job market in 2018 is fiercely competitive, so we wanted to provide some suggestions on things you should keep in mind during your last semester of college. Four months to graduation? Read on.

Put in the netWORK

The importance of networking is constantly shoved in our faces – nothing new here. Statistics prove that networking is how most people find new jobs. In fact, the reason I’m working for CA is because a former classmate forwarded the role to the careers office on campus. Because I had a great relationship with the career counselors, it was sent to me and the connection was made. My former classmate put in a good word for me, and I’m happy to be at CA two years later. Staying connected is not all about attending formal networking events and career fairs. Although those are great, making meaningful connections with classmates and campus staff goes a long way when looking for a job after graduation.

Go on every interview

Companies are using innovative and more challenging practices for interviewing candidates, so it’s important to understand how to search and interview for jobs in 2018. Going on every interview might be common sense to many, but it wasn’t for me at the time. During my last semester, I was given the opportunity to interview for a content role and the company wanted me to produce writing samples in the tone of a “discerning mother.” I couldn’t help but feel that my writing style was the farthest thing from a discerning mother, and there was no way I could complete this assignment, so I declined the interview. Looking back, I’m regretful of this decision and honestly wish I could be tasked with this assignment again! I might not have been a good fit for this role, but gaining interview experience and working on assignments that mirror ones in the real world is incredibly valuable. My advice would be to go on every interview that comes your way, even if you feel like failure is inevitable.

Take your professors out for coffee

If anything, to thank your professors for the classroom experience, but I also found it insightful to talk with my professors about their backgrounds and how they found their careers. Some of these conversations made me feel that I was already entirely behind in life professionally, but learning that someone with a PhD struggled to find their place in the workforce for years was reassuring. Personal stories are relative, so take them with a grain of salt.

Apply to as many jobs you think is reasonable, then apply to 5 more

At one point in my job search, I thought that I should start keeping track of all the jobs I was applying to. In a two-month period, I had applied to around 150 jobs. To some this might seem like a lot, and to others it’s nothing. My point here is that if you’re being too finicky on which jobs you’re applying to, you’re limiting your odds and missing out on interviewing practice. Interviewing is a skill, and just as with any other, you must practice to hone in on that skill.

Don’t quit your part-time job

Sometimes students feel that they need to quit their current job during their last semester to devote all their time to school work and job search. In my opinion, unless you’re in a fulltime role that’s truly taking up all your time, you should keep your part-time job. It’s hard to determine how long your job search will take, and if you haven’t lined up a new job by the time graduation rolls around, you’ll probably appreciate the part-time income.

Finally, savor the time with your friends. Camaraderie among college friends is special. Inevitably friend groups will disperse, but you will always share some of the fondest memories of your lives. Cheers to your last semester!

My college crew

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A Day in the Life of An Intern: James Roberts

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies?We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet James Roberts, Business Intern at our Ditton Park, CA office.

This is James’s first internship as a Business Intern. We asked what attracted him to an internship at CA this year.

“CA is one of the leading companies when it comes to employee welfare, this was a keen incentive for me because it showed CA would be a place where I could be creative and my ideas would be considered and appreciated. It also thrives with a diverse work culture with people coming from all parts of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. When arriving at the CA Technologies building at Ditton Park for my assessment day, I developed an instant buzz for the positive atmosphere within the building. The building boasts spectacular facilities and the role that they were offering gave me a great perspective of the company, what’s not to love?!”

In his intern role with us, James has gained hands-on experience in organizing events alongside with different business units to help gather both new leads, in addition to strengthening the relationships with current customers.

“My role allows me to transition through departments, including Marketing, Communications and Sales. This gives me a holistic view of the company and the chance to develop a wide range of skills within different environments.”

A typical day for James involves biking in around 9 a.m., grabbing a coffee, checking emails and working hard until lunchtime, when he eats with his intern friends and sometimes a few full-timers. His day also usually involves an afternoon break playing football or tennis with the other interns, then back to work until he leaves around 5:30.

James said the favorite part of his internship is to handle the challenges & task that he comes across every single day.

When asked about his favorite part of his work space and office, he said:

“It’s hard to pick the best part of Ditton Park because it boasts so many incredible places both inside and outside the building, from table tennis to acres of land to walk around, it is the perfect environment to work in. The sports facilities though are a cut above, with football pitches, tennis courts and a well-equipped gym, Ditton Park offers a wide range of lunch times and after work activities to improve employee well being. Having such a vast choice of activities around Ditton Park really does set it apart from other offices when it comes to employee satisfaction and well being.”

What advice would James give to a candidate coming to interview for an intern or associate position at CA?

“Bring what you bring, whether it be passion, innovation, or weirdness, CA has a place for you. It is important for you to be just yourself, because whatever you bring, it will fit into CA’s diverse culture. CA revolves largely around teamwork, so showing that you can bring individuals together and be a catalyst for conversation is a great way to impress in an interview scenario.”

Winners of the UK CA football tournament this summer

CA’s mission is guided by its DNA, beliefs that all employees strive to live by. We asked James what his favorite DNA aspect was his favorite.

CA’s collaborative part of its DNA is for me the most important aspect. It is the catalyst that allows the rest of the DNA to flourish, giving opportunities for people to be creative in the workplace. The collaborative nature of CA has allowed me to build relationships with the people I work with, which has helped me progress with my learning a lot quicker.

                    

Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked James why an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B technology company as opposed to a better-known brand.

“I would suggest looking at the company and what it has achieved and especially for the way they treat their employees. From being the best company to work for single parents to receiving awards for employing a diverse workforce, CA’s unique working experience offers an incredible introduction to the world of technology.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Talent Acquisition, Global
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A Day in the Life of An Intern: Paige Smith

Paige Smith, Global Communications Intern

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies? We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet Paige Smith, Global Communications Intern in our New York City office.

Paige interned with a small software company last summer, but gravitated toward CA this year because she wanted to work for a company “large enough to allow for many diverse experiences.”

“I gravitate to global companies because so much of business today occurs across borders. To align yourself with a company with teams across the world will give you a better opportunity to have a more realistic internship experience, as well as the opportunity to meet a diverse collection of coworkers.”

We asked Paige to describe her intern role.

“My duty is to support the Global Communications team in whatever capacity they need. Lucky for me, that could be anything, depending on the day. There are recurring duties such as compiling daily, weekly and biweekly newsletters, but I’ve also written pieces for CA’s Highlights blog, penned bylines for executives and compiled internally and externally distributed content like articles and videos.”

A typical day for Paige involves commuting to the city via train, where she likes to catch up on email before getting into the office.

“Much of my duties are media related, so often my first page opened in the morning is the Wall Street Journal or various tech outlets. There are weekly meetings with teams to catch up, where I take notes, then returning to finishing or editing an article.”

Paige usually grabs lunch with other interns at a deli near the office, then eats with them at a nice park that is close by. The afternoon is spent catching up with people on projects or upcoming deadlines. Then, almost every day after work, she goes for a run in Central Park, which is just five blocks from the office.

Paige Smith, global communications intern
Enjoying a fun hike!

Paige says her favorite part of her internship is the pace at which she moves on a daily basis.

“Unlike my previous experiences and what my friends tell me of their experiences, I have not had a single time where I had nothing to complete. I’m a person who loves to be constantly moving, so this is perfect for me. I also love the diversity of tasks I’ve completed thus far.”

When asked about the best part of her workspace, she said she likes the collaborative capabilities it has.

“My cubicle mate, Sam, is also interning, but on the more technical side of things. Our conversations about everything from AI to current politics and how it relates to security have been fascinating.”

She also loves the overall vibe in her office.

“It’s not silent, and there is always something going on. Hearing people constantly working around you inspires your work which is something I really enjoy.”

Paige has also cultivated a great relationship with her manager.

“My manager has been an incredible mentor for me thus far. From encouraging me to reach out to team members to even having a conversation about my LinkedIn, he’s been very influential and encouraging.”

What one quality does Paige feel is important to being a successful intern at CA?

“It’s incredibly important to be proactive in all regards. It is daunting for an intern to knock on a door of someone he or she may not know, but it’s sometimes necessary for an opportunity to open up.”

Paige also has some advice for candidates coming to interview for an internship at CA.

“Preparation is vitally important. When working with a company who seeks to deliver cutting-edge technology, you, as the interviewee, should at least have a baseline knowledge of the products and solutions offered, as well as others in the marketplace.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life of An Intern: Irene Weng

Irene Weng, Devops Intern, Santa Clara

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies? We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet Irene Weng, DevOps intern in our Santa Clara, CA office.

This is Irene’s second internship – her first was last summer as a technical training intern at Lucasfilm. We asked what attracted her to an internship at CA this year.

“I wanted real-world industry experience in software engineering and development, and I thought that CA would be a great place to learn from seasoned engineers and developers. I was also interested in working with a team towards building an effective product.”

In her intern role with us, Irene has gained hands-on experience configuring a login provider to the front of CA’s APM application, and designed a logo and icons for the Unfit application.

A typical day for Irene involves biking in around 9 a.m., grabbing a coffee, checking emails and working hard until lunchtime, when she eats with her intern friends and sometimes a few full-timers. Her day also usually involves an afternoon break playing ping pong or pool with the other interns, then back to work until she leaves around 5:30.

Irene said her favorite part of her internship is the people she’s met and befriended in the office. “Everyone is very friendly and kind,” she said.

When asked about her favorite part of her workspace and office, she said:

“The entire 6th floor is an open space with a bright color scheme and cool furniture that gives more of a startup-y vibe.”

Irene Weng, Intern, Santa Clara Office

What advice would she give to a candidate coming to interview for an intern or associate position at CA?

“Don’t feel intimidated by the technical questions and logic puzzles, and make sure to clearly explain your thought process while solving each question. It’s okay if you have no idea how to approach a technical question either, just make sure you explain all your ideas. The interviewer will give you hints along the way too.”

CA’s mission is guided by its DNA, beliefs that all employees strive to live by. We asked Irene what her favorite DNA aspect was her favorite.

“The ‘creative’ aspect is my favorite, perhaps due to my background in fine arts; I’ve learned that creativity can manifest in totally different ways, which leads to more innovation, new ideas and alternate solutions to seemingly difficult problems.”

Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Irene why an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B technology company as opposed to a better-known brand.

“I think the work you do at an internship heightened by the environment and culture that it’s set in makes or breaks the experience, rather than the prestige or popularity of the actual company. As such, students or newcomers to the tech field should really research different internships/positions/contracts and what each role can provide as an opportunity, and make sure to apply for something they’re genuinely passionate about.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life of An Intern: Molly Pfaff

Molly Pfaff, Talent Acquisition Intern

Hi! My name is Molly Pfaff, and I am a Summer 2017 Talent Acquisition intern seated in Islandia, NY.  I am going to be a junior at the College of the Holy Cross, where I am a Pre-Business English major. This is my first internship experience, and I was attracted to CA when I interviewed here and was introduced to the culture of employees, and the common values shared across the company.

This summer I get to sit with the recruiting team, where I will be listening to and participating in what they do every day from requisition prepping to calling candidates and everything in between.

Molly Pfaff workspace
My workspace.

A “typical day” in my internship is very dynamic, which is my favorite part.  While I am usually interacting with members of the Talent Acquisition team, I have also been able to have a shadow day once a week with members of the people, compensation, benefits, and mobility departments as well as work on projects with the campus & diversity and marketing teams.  I usually like to include a run on the treadmill in the Fitness Center (or a trip to Chipotle) in my daily routine as well.

Love the fitness center!

While every aspect of my internship experience so far has been nothing but valuable and enjoyable, my favorite part has been meeting and learning from such talented people who are always willing to answer questions and help out.  The DNA Mission is a model that CA uses to define the company and its traits are those that employees strive to live by, and is a significant part of the company. My favorite aspect of the DNA Mission is the ‘collaborative’ piece. I have found that all the different departments and teams I have been exposed to overlap with each other, and work together to innovate and produce rewarding results for the overall organization.

That being said, I think one quality that people need to be successful here is drive, as well as cohesiveness.  Throughout my time at CA I have come to realize that a common thread amongst the people who work here is that they are driven to establish contemporary and innovative ways to help the company succeed as a whole.

A piece of advice I would give to a candidate coming to interview at CA would be to be yourself and not be afraid to ask questions to whomever you are lucky enough to meet.  While CA is a huge company, many people don’t know much about it before they get involved. I would suggest doing your research beforehand, because you will be surprised and impressed with what you find.  Just because you’ve never heard of CA prior to your interview doesn’t mean that they don’t have great resources, big-name clients, successful departments, and enthusiastic employees. In my experience this summer I have encountered all those things and learned about far more than just the corporate world.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life of an Intern: Alan Chin

Alan Chin, associate accountant

An intern’s job at CA is fast-moving and full of new experiences. We spoke with Alan Chin, Associate Accountant. Find out what he had to say about life at CA!

1. How is your time at CA setting you up for real-world experiences?

During my first few weeks, I had to adjust not only to waking up earlier (college life), but getting first-hand experience on what happens in my department. I learned new skills, fine-tuned my time management skills so I’m a calendar ninja and learned proper work-etiquette.

2. As a millennial, why do you think it’s important that we all “bring what we bring” to have different and unique perspectives?

One of the things that really attracted me to the company was the value CA puts on diversity and different perspectives. The “bring what we bring” phrase has personal meaning to me because I have witnessed the adversity my parents had to face growing up. I believe having a company embrace one’s own unique identity and perspectives is critical to growing a global brand and promotes acceptance of different cultures and values.

3. How does your role contribute to eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes for our customers?

I help ensure our customers get an accurate and comprehensive summary of our quarterly and yearly reports.

4. What would you say about the mentors and teams you’re working with at CA?

One of the best things about CA is the people. I have come across so many colleagues willing to help whenever I had a problem or just needed to talk. They made me feel comfortable with their openness, while offering great advice and support.

5. What advice do you have for others just starting out?

Put yourself out there and jump at opportunities when they present themselves. Each opportunity offers a chance to learn something new, while meeting great people in the process.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA,  learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.